Winter 2018 e-newsletter
A Look Back … at Winter!

WFL START opened its doors in 2014. Little did we know that Mother Nature would test our ability to respond in crisis or even make it to the office! From November 17 th-19 th that year, Erie County experienced a winter storm with extreme lake-effect snow depositing over 5 feet of snow. This picture was taken from the driveway of the Buffalo Team Leader and represents the first winter year of the START program. In contrast, due to the amount of area that is covered, other counties saw little to no snowfall. 
Community Connection

As December brings a close to the year, many special holidays are upon us and highlight the opportunity for reflection, appreciation and giving back. This year, WFL START teamed up with Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. to gift to families in need. Four children, ranging from ages 1 – 12, and their wish lists were sponsored. Items like winter coats, bed-sheets, trucks, Cleveland Cavaliers items and educational toys are wrapped and ready to surprise these families!

In addition to holiday wish lists, WFL START ran a toiletry drive to help the homeless through Community Missions’ Emergency Housing Shelter. 
Save the Date for Free Community Trainings
START offers regular continued learning opportunities that are free and open to the public.
Our next training sessions will be:
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM and is offered at a variety of locations. Jennifer Moore, PhD, Corey Fisk, MA, and Maggie Robbins, MA, will be presenting “Expressive Approaches to Promoting Well-Being” including a START Network premiere of the Acting Creates Therapeutic Success film. Training is followed by discussion on how to apply strategies within the teams you work with.

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and is offered at a variety of locations. Angela Hassiotis, PhD and Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London, will be presenting “Crisis Evaluations of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. Training is followed by discussion on how to apply strategies within the teams you work with.

Please join us!

Interested in other topics? START has a complete catalog of training that can be provided to your team. Click here for available classes
START Team Spotlight - Meet Lindzie!
Recently promoted to START Resource Center Manager, Lindzie Foster has worked for The Arc of Chemung for almost a decade. Lindzie began her career working at an Intensive Care Facility and later transferred to a Vocational Specialist and Community Job Center Program Coordinator in order to use her degree in Special Education. When Lindzie planned to move out of town after 8 years with The Arc, she didn’t think that she could stay with the agency. She started to look at opportunities in Dansville, NY and the Resource Center popped up in a search!

Lindzie has now worked for START, a program of The Arc of Chemung, for a year and a half. “I like how positive and interactive the Resource Center is,” she stated. One of the things that is highlighted at the Resource Center is trauma informed approaches and receiving enhanced training, in areas like trauma informed care and positive psychology, helps to better support guests at the Resource Center.

Lindzie added “I like how collaborative the START program is and how we really do have a large system that reaches past The Arc of Chemung. It involves other agencies, it involves other families, even bus drivers. It can involve everyone.” By including members of the guest’s Circle of Support, the START model enhances communication and consistency around the person. Best practices are developed and relayed. Everyone works together to create a stronger network. 
2019 Resolutions and Goals
A common tradition in the New Year is to make resolutions and set goals for the year ahead. Especially as a developing program, WFL START has been challenged to do this year round and one of our key goals in 2019 is Programmatic Certification. START programs undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure that all components of the program meet National START standards and are a strong representation of the START model. WFL START will be meeting with National START reviewers in April 2019 to achieve this goal. 
Making a Referral is Easy!
Anyone can make a referral to the Region I NY START program
by calling (844) 567-8278.
For more information on NY START, contact Gary McIntee , Regional Director.